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Question for photographers:
When you are out taking shots of things, do you also take the time to be purely in the moment?


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yes, absolutely. i often drop the camera down to my side and just take in whatever is in front of me. it is one thing to get the shot, it is another thing to experience the shot
 
Yep. Pretty much what +Mark Rodriguez said. Depending on what we're doing, if the family is there, I put the camera down completely.
 
Absolutely not. For me it's the other way around. The photographs I make are extractions meant to express my personal reaction to what I'm experiencing.
 
Beautiful and amazing! +Robin Griggs Wood Well I am not a professional photographer, but most of the time the photos I take are personal and around my Home, and Family and my dogs! But, yes especially my flowers and plants.
 
Well, said +Gordon Runkle. I was being a bit tongue-in-cheek with my post above but you expressed my point exactly.
 
+Robin Griggs Wood Photography, for me, is capturing a moment in time; as my friend +Sassi Sassmannshausen says. But capturing a moment in time is often a matter of being outside of time. So I can capture the moment but I have to say that, I seldom live the moment. The capturing and the art of capturing is what has me engrossed.
 
Thanks +Charles Lupica yes, it is a weird moment and I share that "outside of time" idea. I guess it is based on finding "your" inner point of view, while doing it.
I needed years to "not" think while painting, I'm close to that state with photography. To just be there. Melting with the scene, means to not own it, as I'm part of it.
In that way, I need to go out of it, to enjoy it (Yes, I'm aware that it might sound weird. ;o)
Thanks +Robin Griggs Wood for the question.
 
Definitively yes. Capturing he moment, taking pictures, can be part of this moment, especially when you feel inspired, but they are not all the moment.
I very often drop the camera to better "live the moment". It might be before starting to shoot, or in the middle of the shooting, or even near the end. It helps me have a better feeling of what I have in front of me, place, landscape, animal or people, and doing so I totally forgot the camera for a few minutes. Then I usually take the camera back and go for new, more inspired compositions.
I may miss some pictures but seldom feel bad for enjoying the moment instead of capturing it, whereas I always feel bad when I take picture while feeling "outside the moment" because I missed it and my pictures are usually bad.
 
To cite the good old Mr Heinlein, I have to 'grock' things to shoot them. So yes, and every single time.
 
More so now than ever before. With age comes wisdom... (hopefully!) ;-)
 
A great shot as usual +Robin Griggs Wood! And yes, definitely have to stop and enjoy the scene for ourselves. I've missed quite a few shots just zoning out and enjoying the scene. ;-P
 
I was so in the moment the other day that I only have stories about the rainbow. You can not live solely through the lens.
 
I really like all these viewpoints and comments.
+Mark Rodriguez -- well said
+Jake Easley -- I get that!
+David Hoffman -- I get that, too
+Gordon Runkle -- well said
+Karen Thomas -- thank you!
+Paul Ferzoco -- nice!
+Charles Lupica -- I go between the two; some days I can experience the moment well, and others I realize that I am not. But I suppose even capturing is living in the moment of the capture ... :o)
+Ken Owen -- I love that analogy!
+Mari Sterling Wilbur -- thank you!
+Natur Kultur -- your English is fine ... thank you for your comment.
+Monique Yates -- :o)
+Sassi Sassmannshausen -- not weird at all, and you're welcome ... :o) (and thank you!)
+Christophe Agathon -- great comment!
+scry mettety -- I grock that!
+Sumit Sen -- thank you!
+Dane Clingan -- haha, true!
+Mark Esguerra -- I hear you on that one!! :oD ... me too! (Thank you!!)
+Blaze O'Rama -- I understand that! :o)
 
It's more of a combination of being present in the moment and creating another dimension with my camera... when the two collide, magic happens.
 
Now more than before, thanks to you +Robin Griggs Wood. That one day I went on a photowalk with my wife, Cathy, I learned so much about being in the moment. Behind the viewfinder, I feel safe. More of an outsider looking in. But that day we shared the camera. When I would walk through a scene without the camera, I took in the smells, the warmth of the sun, and listened more to surrounding sounds. I was absorbing my surroundings as i mentally was composing. So now I try to approach a shot with my camera down and "take it in" before I click.
 
Your photography is such an inspiration!
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